Weston Airport

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Weston Airport
Aerfort Weston
View of Weston Airport from North.jpg
IATA: noneICAO: EIWT
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Brian Conneely & Co
Operator Weston Airport Ltd.
Serves Dublin
Location Leixlip, County Kildare
Elevation AMSL 155 ft / 47 m
Coordinates 53°21′08″N 006°29′18″W / 53.35222°N 6.48833°W / 53.35222; -6.48833 (Weston Airport)Coordinates: 53°21′08″N 006°29′18″W / 53.35222°N 6.48833°W / 53.35222; -6.48833 (Weston Airport)
Website www.WestonAirport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 924 + Stopway 457 = 1,381 3,030 Asphalt
Source: Irish AIS[1]

Weston Airport or Aerfort Weston in Ireland, is a publicly licensed executive airport located on the R403 regional road at Leixlip, County KildareNM (15 km; 9.2 mi)[1] west of Dublin, in Ireland. Its traffic is primarily business/executive as well as private and commercial training.

Formerly developed by Jim Mansfield, the airport was seized by the National Asset Management Agency in 2011.[2]

History[edit]

Weston Ltd De Havilland Dragon Rapide on a charter flight from Weston at Liverpool Airport in 1949

Weston Aerodrome was originally founded in 1931 (licensed circa 1937) by Darby Kennedy, who, from 1946, operated a de Havilland Dragon and several Dragon Rapide aircraft commercially from the Weston flying field, operated under the name Weston Ltd. The charter flights frequently took the biplane airliners to airfields in the United Kingdom. The commercial flight operation ceased in the late 1950s.[3]

Also operated from the airfield was a flying school for private pilots with several Tiger Moth trainer biplanes, an Auster high-wing monoplane and from 1960 two Morane-Saulnier-Rallye four-seater low-winged aeroplanes.

Several air displays were organised over the years, and Weston was also the base for making the air combat film about the First World War The Blue Max which starred George Peppard in 1966. The aircraft ground scenes were shot at the airfield, which is not to be confused with RAF Weston-on-the-Green, in England, which has no tarmac runway.

Rousseau D-V11s, from Lynn Garrison’s collection, prepare for film flight, Weston Aerodrome, Ireland, 1970.

Development[edit]

The main terminal was completed in 2005 along with the control tower and other services.[citation needed]

Today the airport is primarily used for flight training, executive flights and private general aviation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EIWT – WESTON (PDF). AIP and charts from the Irish Aviation Authority.
  2. ^ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/namas-weston-airport-starting-to-turn-around-as-buyer-sought-2881162.html
  3. ^ Merton Jones A.C., British Independent Airlines since 1946, Merseyside Aviation Society, 1977, ISBN 0-902420-10-0.

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